I have a 2016 vehicle that had an inspection sticker provided by the dealer. I was pulled over for invalid inspection sticker and was prompted to go through an inspection booth and was promptly granted an inspection sticker on site. I was then given a traffic ticket for an invalid inspection sticker and was told by officer that he had to give me the ticket and told me to go to court and dispute it. Went to court and ticketing officer did not show up. I tried explaining the situation to the prosecutor and said I'd like to plea not guilty and see the Judge...Prosecutor said I could not fight it, and that he would just tell the judge I was guilty and I would still have to pay. What could I have done to help my situation?
Rahway is famous for the fake inspection sticker charge. That department was part of a task force to crack down on fake inspections a few years ago and are unusually trained to spot fake stickers. Normally they give "the Rahway special" a handful of charges that are intended to get you to plead to the sticker charge. The fake inspection ticket presents a possible suspension, which causes most people to cave and plead.
You walked into court with no legal training and no discovery. The prosecutor is adept at handling these charges and you are not. Quire frankly, you need counsel who has experience with the strict liability charges involved. If you bought a new car and the inspection was fake, the dealer should be paying any fines and the police should investigate where they got the sticker.
Mr. Abate is correct. Without an attorney there is not much else you could have done. However, the dealership should be investigated.
Mr. Abate is correct as usual. Maybe you could have gotten a certification from the dealer that the original sticker was legit.
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